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BC spikers roll on first day of Dillon tourney

DILLON — Call it a successful first day of the volleyball season for the Butte Central Maroons.

The Maroons went 3-0 on the opening round of a tipoff tournament hosted by the Dillon Beavers at the B.W. Lodge Gym.

The Maroons won all six games, sweeping Frenchtown (25-16, 25-17), Browning (25-13, 25-12) and Whitefish (25-22, 29-27).

“Today was a good day,” BC coach Becky Hancock said. “We were able to get all our kids in there playing and see some different rotations. The girls really pulled through and played as a team today.”

The Maroons got solid contributions from up and down their roster.

“I was really proud of the play of our right side senior hitter Sierra Pica and senior middle hitter Lacey McGree,” Hancock said. “They really stepped up and played consistent and strong up at the net throughout the day for us.”

Hancock credited setter Emily St. John for running a “smooth offense” and libero Mollie Peoples for showcasing some “tough defense.”

“It is all starting to come together, and that’s exciting to see early on in the season,” Hancock said.

The Maroons are back in action at 9 a.m. Saturday when they take on Columbia Falls. They battle Polson at 10 and then will play one seeded match at the conclusion of pool play.

Butte Central stats follow:

Butte Central def. Whitefish 25-22, 29-27
Kills — 22 (Sierra Pica 7, Corbyn Holm 4, Teresa Piazzola 3, Lacey McGree 3, Ryan Trudnowski 3, Emily St. John 2). Assists — 23 (St. John 22, Pica 1). Blocks — 4 (L. McGree 1.5, Trudnowski 1, St. John .5, Gallagher .5). Aces — 5 (McKenzie Gallagher 3, Taylor Wahl 1, Mollie Peoples 1). Digs — 30 (Peoples 10, Piazzola 6, Wahl 4, Gallagher 3, St. John 2, Shawnee Hjelt 2, Pica 2, Trudnowski 1).

Butte Central def. Frenchtown 25-16, 25-17
Kills — 23 (Holm 6, Pica 5, Piazzola 4, L. McGree 4, Kaylee O’Herron 3, Trudnowski 1). Assists — 22 (St. John 22). Blocks — 4 (L. McGree 2, Piazzola 1, O’Herron .5, Pica .5). Aces — 7 (Piazzola 2, St. John 1, Hjelt 1, Gallagher 1, Wahl 1, Peoples 1). Digs 18 — Piazzola 7, Peoples 4, Wahl 3, St. John 2, Hjelt 1, Gallagher 1).

Butte Central def. Browning 25-13, 25-12
Kills — 18 (Piazzola 6, L. McGree 5, Pica 4, Trudnowski 3). Assists — 21 (St. John 21). Blocks — 1 (St. John .5, L. McGree .5). Aces — 2 (Peoples, St. John. Digs — 19 (Piazzola 5, St. John 4, McGree 3, Hjelt 2, Peoples 2, Gallagher 2, Kaylee O’Herron 1).



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